November 2014 Crossroads

News of our Church Family
Special thanks…
To our Retreat Committee, headed by Mary Lou Lynn (and including Jennifer Dewar, Joan Ross, Linda Roscoe, Mark Vogel and Mike O’Brien) for our Seeking God’s Guidance retreat on October 18. Also a big thanks to our guest speaker, Rev. Judy Proctor.

…And to the Hospitality Committee, along with Farmer Dave, who provided for another terrific Pumpkin Party on October 24!

Deacon’s Corner
This year the deacons will be selling CDs from Legacy Christmas again. There is a new one this year… Nativity Carols and Hymns. The music is beautiful. Last year’s will also be available. More info further down in the newsletter.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who has been providing rides for George.

Don’t forget our monthly pantry needs of 20 oz. bottles of dish detergent and individually wrapped bars of soap. We will also be collecting food for the Thanksgiving In-Gathering of Food. More info further down.

Thank you to all for your generous giving.

Stewardship Report
Sue Hadsell

First, let me thank all of you for your wonderful contribution of $595.0 (as of October 5, 2014) to the Peacemaking Offering. 50% or $297.50 will go to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, a 25% or $148.75 will go to presbyteries and synods to support projects focused on peace and 25% or $148.75 is kept in the congregation for their peacemaking ministries. Again, my thanks.

Secondly, November is the month we give thanks for what we have and for giving to those who don’t have with our annual harvest offering for the next year. Starting the second week of November look for documentation that will explain what we plan for the coming year, along with your pledge card and your time and talent questionnaire.

Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) REPORT by Amanda Moak
At the end of August, I arrived to a pantry that was in the full swing of its summer season. I was new to the world of out-of-the-garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, CSAs, and community gardens. As an outsider, it felt like I was going to be the untimely hitch in a well-oiled machine. My fears were not unexpected or surprising, though. Uncertainty is always my first reaction before I start doing something new. As per usual, my hesitations were unwarranted. A single volunteer is the least of a pantry’s worries when they are trying to make healthy food accessible to over 100 families. And besides, it doesn’t matter how organized a pantry is, there will always be a surprise waiting just around the corner to keep the coordinators and the volunteers on their toes.

To my surprise, and probably my parents’ as well, I was a pretty quick study on the fresh foods. Vegetables that I used to believe looked the same, smelled the same, or tasted the same have now taken on unique qualities that are easily differentiated. This was great news because I immediately jumped into distribution days with the fresh foods, encouraging clients to take fruits and vegetables from Farmer Dave’s CSA and the Burlington Community Garden. I even had the chance to work on a picture produce guide for the pantry. Basically it will be a group of laminated note cards that we will take out on distribution days and attach to different shelves under the foods they represent.

Along with the produce guide, I am also working on different events between the pantry and the Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation that bring together elements of cooking, preserving, and the use of different fresh foods. In the future, we will hopefully see cooking demonstrations, classes on the importance of understanding expiration dates, and more movie nights and book discussions. The idea is to educate people on the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables, and also to encourage clients to use what we have available from Farmer Dave and the Community Garden.

My first few months here have been a wonderful whirlwind of activity. You have all been so welcoming and I truly feel like a part of this community. My work has been so fulfilling and so has getting to know the members of this church family. I am very excited to see what the rest of the year holds and I can’t wait to share it, not only with my parents back in Mississippi but with all of you.

BURLINGTON FOOD PANTRY
2014 THANKSGIVING FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The Burlington Food Pantry will provide food for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner
to over 200 families, including elderly shut-ins and veterans, on Sunday,
November 23rd. The collection, sorting and distribution will take place at the
United Church of Christ, Congregational, on the corner of Bedford and Lexington
Streets in Burlington. Please arrange to bring your congregation’s food donations
to the UCC church at 12:00 noon on Sunday, November 23rd. Representatives
who drop off donations should check in with either Deana Tredeau or Tina Brierley,
so that we can keep track of the many deliveries to be made that day.
If you have questions in advance about food collection or delivery, please call
Bobbie Killilea (UCC Administrator) at 781-272-4547.

We need the following specific foods. This is a short list – but we need many of
each item. PLEASE ONLY NEW PURCHASES, NO EXPIRED DATES!!!

  • Stuffing (bags or boxes)
  • Canned Corn
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Gravy
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chicken Broth
  • Fresh vegetables will be purchased, so please know that your monetary donations
    are also welcome. Checks should be made payable to People Helping People.
    The Greater Boston Food Bank will provide most of the turkeys this year, and the
    Cub Scouts once again will provide all the pies. BPC needs volunteers to help sort and deliver to UCC after worship.

    Thank you for your assistance with this community-wide effort.

    Burlington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
    Monday, November 24, 7 pm

    The Burlington interfaith community will be gathering in thanksgiving at Temple Shalom Emeth this year on Monday, November 24. This longstanding tradition will include leaders and worshipers from Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faith communities. This joining of religious traditions in Burlington is itself an occasion for gratitude in our broken world – added to the seasonal American holiday which recognizes our Creator’s goodness to us.

    The preacher this year will be Rev Mike O’Brien. As usual, an offering will be received for the work of People Helping People.

    Meet with Mike & Pam

    We are invited to sign up for a chance to meet with Mike and Pam in small group gatherings as they continue to get to know their new church friends. We will have a chance to share our memories, hopes and dreams for Burlington Presbyterian Church out loud or in writing, and we’ll also have the opportunity to learn about Mike and Pam. Because we were blessed with Rod and Cathy’s 35 years here, that means that we probably haven’t had much experience with what Interim Pastors do, and they can answer questions we might have. Most of all, they hope that our time together in a small group will help us all get to know one another better. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall (of course).
    Meetings will be held Sunday(s) Nov.2 and Nov. 16 following worship
    Meetings with just Mike Sat., Nov. 1 9:30 am
    Web., Nov. 5 10:00 am
    Tue., Nov.18 10:00 am
    If you would like to host a meeting at another time at your home with some friends, contact Mike at pastor@burlingtonpres.org.

    “Wish Tree” Volunteers Needed
    Our church has been asked to provide volunteers for the Wish Tree table at the Burlington Mall on 2 days: Sat., Nov 29 and Wed., Dec 3. There are 2-hour shifts from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall soon.

    Please sign up!!

    The “Wish Tree” gives shoppers the opportunity to provide gifts for children in need in Burlington. For more information, see Niloo Hennings.

    Young Presbyterian Scholarship
    Westminster College
    New Wilmington, PA

    If you have a young adult ready to attend college, please see the flyer about this opportunity for young Presbyterians, hanging on the board outside the children’s classroom.

    From the Deacons

    The carols of Christmas touch our hearts in ways beyond any other music-reminding us of our past, bringing joy to our present, promising hope for our future.

    From the Bethlehem hills, where angel songs ring, to a lowly stable where a mother sings to her newborn babe; we journey in song through the miracle of the Nativity. Legacy Christmas, created by acclaimed instrumentalists and vocalists, connects us, defines us, reminds us.

    Millions of God’s children thirst for clean healthy water to drink. To help address this need, proceeds from Legacy Christmas will assist Living Waters for the World and the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering in providing clean, sustainable water and enhancing the quality of life for women and children throughout the world.

    We will be selling the new CD Legacy Christmas-Nativity Carols and Hymns this year during Advent. There will be limited copies of last year’s CD also available. The cost is $15.00 each. These make wonderful Christmas gifts.

    PRESBYTERIAN GIVING CATALOG

    What would you do with three extra hours every day?

    The bigger question is, what could those who are forced to walk miles for water each day do? Help give this time back through water-related gifts found in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Items like the sand dam, which is an effective method of water conservation in dryland communities, provide a sustainable source of clean water for entire communities. Together, we can help change the lives of countless people by giving them a reliable and convenient source of water.

    With your support, gifts from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog can lessen the burden for those in need of help. Start flipping through the catalog, or give online at http://www.presbyteriangifts.org. There are catalogs on the table at the front of the church.

    Bridges Together
    Are you recently retired or are you an older adult with a flexible schedule? Do you like to work with kids? The Burlington Public Schools are seeking volunteers to participate in the “Bridges Together in Burlington” intergenerational program this year. The goal of the program is to build new caring relationships between older adults (55+) and children in the schools. The commitment is one hour a week for six weeks, plus one follow-up session a few months later to reconnect. The activities include sharing stories of family traditions, comparing (and contrasting) experiences of school, and sharing hobbies.

    Volunteers do not have to live in Burlington. If you have a friend or spouse you think would make a great volunteer, please share this info with them. To sign up, please call the Burlington Senior Center at 781.270.1950 or contact Bridges Together Burlington by using the web address listed below. The program dates, times, and location are listed on the online form.

    https://docs.google.com/a/burlingtonpres.org/forms/d/1LlSGVygTptus8gUrpFktOrqO9uuDPevxbZ6_VUSShF4/viewform

    Bridges Together has been in Burlington for three years and is a very rewarding program for the volunteers and the students. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. In Burlington, this is run as a partnership between the Senior Center and the Public Schools.

    Memorial Service

    There will be a memorial service held at the church on November 22 for Kay MacLeod. Many in the congregation knew her and her husband Ross. You are welcome to attend the service. Kay entered God’s care in October and leaves behind her husband, Ross and three children Alan, Joanne and Karen.

    Presbytery of Boston
    Proposed Resolution
    For vote at Presbytery Meeting of September 27, 2014

    Whereas, The Presbytery of Boston in 1993 stated its opposition to any expansion of the use of lotteries or other forms of gambling to fund public expenditures in and by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and again in 2007 the Presbytery of Boston resolved to oppose gambling in all its forms, including the legalization of casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and,
    Whereas, The Presbyterian Church through its General Assembly has voiced its opposition to legalized gambling in the United States at least five times, that is in 1950, 1975, 1992, 1994, and 2000; see
    http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/101/gambling/; and,
    Whereas, We continue to believe that the earth’s resources have been put in our hands to be used productively for the good of all, and that gambling represents an abdication of this stewardship responsibility; and,
    Whereas, Experience shows that the social costs of gambling include addiction, crime, and disproportionate participation and deprivation of those in poverty; and,
    Whereas, The legislature has passed legislation legalizing the establishment of casino and slot parlor gambling in our Commonwealth; and,
    Whereas, The citizens of the commonwealth have succeeded in proposing to repeal this legislation, to appear as Question 3 on the November 4 ballot which, if approved, will prohibit the legalization, past and future, of casinos and slot parlors in the Commonwealth;

    NOW THEREFORE
    September 27, 2014
    The Presbytery of Boston reaffirms its opposition to gambling in all its forms, including those currently legalized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and firmly supports all efforts to repeal and prohibit the legalization of casinos and slot parlors in the Commonwealth. The Presbytery of Boston further directs the Stated Clerk to send this resolution to the major news media publishing and operating within the bounds of the Presbytery and to its member churches asking them to join the Presbytery in its support of repealing the legalization of casinos and slot parlors in Question 3 on the ballot of November 4 and sharing this resolution with its members.

    YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE – VOTE YES ON QUESTION 3
    by Shelly Henderson

    On Sunday October 12, we learned about our major religious leaders who ask us to take action:

    • On September 27, the Presbytery of Boston resolved to ask each of its member churches ask their congregations to support repeal by voting Yes on Question 3 to prohibit casinos and slot parlors.

    • On Thursday October 9 the leaders of nearly every religious group in Massachusetts were similarly asking their believers to vote YES on Question 3. Visit http://www.FaithforRepeal.com

    Why? As stated in the resolution: “Experience shows that the social costs of gambling include addiction, crime and disproportionate participation and deprivation of those in poverty.”

    More specifically:
    • Casinos actually kill jobs.
    • Addiction increases destroying families
    • Crime increases destroying communities
    • Disproportionate participation and deprivation of those in poverty

    1. Casinos Kill Jobs
    Casinos propose over 8,000 slot machines.
    Each machine removes more than $100,000 from the economy, killing 1-2 jobs every year.

    2. Addiction Increases, destroying families
    Personal bankruptcies increase by more than 18% in surrounding communities.
    In Cleveland, where 4 casinos opened just two years ago, addiction increased 700%, from 93/year treated before to almost 700/year treated after the casinos opened.

    3. Crime Increases destroying communities
    Assaults, larcenies, burglaries, robberies, murders, and auto theft increase between 22-114%.

    4. Disproportionate participation and deprivation of those in poverty
    We know from the lottery purchases, that the average per capita expenditure is $43/year in Weston versus over $1100/year per capita in East Boston where the per capita income is $15,000/year.

    If you can find it in your heart, here is what you can do to get involved:

    1. Vote Yes on Question 3 on Tuesday, November 4
    2. Educate others – try to find five more people who will vote and educate others.
    3. Make copies of the Faith For Repeal Flyer and give one to everyone you know.
    4. Enlist your neighbors, friends, book groups, social groups, other churches.
    5. Put a sign in your front yard, and wear a sticker on your lapel.
    6. Join our Chili Party on Saturday Oct 25 to Rally the Vote – RSVP to Shelly.
    7. Contact Shelly Henderson 617 964-3429 to get involved.

    BPC Parents and other Adults
    Please remember that at coffee hour all food and beverages are served and to be consumed in Fellowship Hall. This includes the juice and snacks for children. It is important that the children do not take juice and/or food into the double classroom or any other rooms in the church building. Encourage the children to enjoy their snack time with their friends in Fellowship Hall before going to either the play yard or the classroom to play. The carpet in the classroom is showing signs of spilled food and drinks and cleaning the carpet frequently is an extra expense to be avoided. Thank you!!

    January happenings at BPC

    Blessings on this winter’s day!

    1. BPC’s Annual Meeting is this Saturday
    Ice cream sundaes: 1:30 Call to Order: 2:00
    For all members and friends
    Find out what’s happening as we review our annual report
    and the budget for 2013; elect our new officers; approve pastoral terms of call; and hear a special report from the Mission Exploration
    Team – and share your own thoughts.

    2. Bakers needed! If you can provide some baked goodies for the
    People Helping People fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza (Route 62, across from MITRE), next Tuesday, January 22, please let Rod know. Goodies should be delivered at 4:30. And enjoy supper at Flatbread – a percentage of all sales helps People Helping People.

    3. For Sunday, January 20 – a “talk sermon”
    Let’s hear what one another has to say. Based on the gospel, John 2:1-12 (Jesus at the wedding in Cana)–
    What gives you joy in being part of Christ, and part of his body, the church?

    Stay warm and well–
    Rod

    March 2012 Crossroads

    Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
    Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

    Passion/Palm Sunday, April 1
    Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
    10:30 a.m. Worship
    In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

    Maundy Thursday, April 5
    Remembering the Last Supper

    “Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
    (mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

    6:15 p.m.

    Family teaching supper about communion. Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
    Then they may remain for:

    7:30 p.m.

    A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
    Communion is served around the communion table.

    Good Friday, April 6
    The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
    It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

    7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

    Easter Sunday, April 8
    The Day of Resurrection
    9:00 a.m.

    With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.

    10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!

    Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
    This is the love that overcomes death!

    No Sunday School  worship will be for the whole family.
    There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

    News of our Church Family
    In memory and prayer…

    Two memorial services took place in our sanctuary on Saturday, February 11.

    One was for Harry Thomasian, who along with his wife, Betty, was one of the earliest members of our church in 1962. Though he had lived away from Burlington for a long time, it was good to gather with his family, and remember and give thanks.

    The other was for Bill Piper, a member of our church for about 9 years. Bill and his wife, Rose Mary (an active Roman Catholic), moved to our area to be closer to their two daughters as he was encountering health issues. Though he wasn’t able to attend worship often, several members of the church came to be fond of the Pipers through visits with them.

    Our prayers are with the families of both.

    Service for Jay David…

    A memorial service for Jay, who entered God’s peace on New Year’s Day while he and Sheila were visiting family in India, is planned for Saturday, March 24. For reasons of space, it will be held at Mt. Hope Church in Burlington. A definite time will be announced.

    Crafts and fellowship…

    Do you know about the new opportunity for anyone who enjoys any sort of crafts to gather for “work” and fellowship? It will be on the third Friday evenings of each month. See Jane McIninch (jane.mcininch@verizon.net) for more info.

    Deacons Corner

    Please welcome our new deacons, Colette Greco and Niloo Hennings. Many thanks to Annelies Rots for agreeing to stay on for one more year as our Deacon Moderator.

    The Food Pantry is requesting toothbrushes, both adult and child size. As usual, the official collection date will be the first Sunday of the month, but you can bring them anytime and leave them in the red tub outside the church office.

    One Great Hour of Sharing

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of eight denominations supporting this offering. Each denomination decides how the money will be used. In PC(USA), the offering is divided among three programs. Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32% and the Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36%. The additional 4% is used for the Hunger Program’s work on homelessness and affordable housing.

    During Lent, the children will receive the usual fish banks for their part of the offering and there will be envelopes in the pews. A Sharing Calendar will be available for those interested in a daily reminder of what our gifts can accomplish. For more information on this program, check http://www.pcusa.org/oghs. Our offering will be received on Palm Sunday, April 1.

    Save the Date(s)!

    The 50th Anniversary Planning Team announces the following events to celebrate BPC’s 50th Anniversary:

    • Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

    Sixties Theme Party for all adults

    • Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

    International Potluck Dinner & food raffle-all ages

    • Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

    Worship Celebration & Anniversary Reception

    Put them on your calendar and plan to come.

    Stay tuned for exciting details of all events to come. Please speak to one of us to help plan and/or work on one of these events: Judy Brunner, Sue Hadsell, Jen Dewar, Barbara & Steve Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee, Colette Greco.

    Revised Coffee Hour Schedule

    The following is the revised schedule for hosting coffee hour from February through June. Please notice that I have made some changes because of the new roster of Elders and Deacons. There is an asterisk next to the dates where changes have been made. Please contact me if there is a problem with the date you are scheduled to host

    Date Team

    March 4 Session

    March 11 Deacons

    March 18 Amankwaa & Asantewaa

    March 25* Stalker & Wells

    April 1 Palm Sunday Session

    April 8 Easter Breakfast
    No Coffee Hour

    April 15 Deacons

    April 22* Adisho/Chapman & Ross

    April 29* Clark, Marshall & McGilvray-Rivet

    May 6 Session

    May 13 Deacons – Mother’s Day

    May 20 59th Anniversary Reception

    May 27* Emma Sarpong & Esther Sarpong

    June 3 Session

    June 10 No Coffee

    June 17 Dewar & Doubek

    June 24 Anderson & Briggs

    Thank you everyone.

    Jennifer Dewar

    May 2011 Crossroads

    Thanks to Wonderful Volunteers!

    To the Christian Education Committee and others for our Lent Event on April 3, which produced over 80 Hygiene Kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and paper cranes as part of our church’s contribution to “Hearts and Hands for Japan.”

    To those who helped with and attended “Hearts and Hands” at St. Malachy Church on April 9. The Red Cross benefited by more than $800 and our paper crane mobile is making the rounds of congregations (we hosted it on Palm Sunday) before the cranes are sent to Japan.

    To workers on our Clean-Up Day, April 16, who did a great job on a cold and windy morning sprucing up our winter-battered property.

    And of course, to the many who helped make this year’s Holy Week a meaningful occasion – worship leaders and readers, musicians, breakfast hosts, Deacon flower arrangers, and more.

    It’s good to be part of such an active church family!

    Deacons Corner

    On May 1st, we will be collecting canned vegetables for the Burlington Food Pantry.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the International Dinner last month. In addition to enjoying some delicious food, we raised approximately $236.00. The money will help pay for the cost of snow removal this past winter.

    We would also like to thank everyone who contributed money or purchased flowers for Maundy Thursday and Easter. The money raised will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, for relief work in Japan and Haiti.

    The Confession of Belhar

    A Special Learning Opportunity

    Join our adult group on Sundays, May 8 and
    May 15, 9:15 a.m., for an important exploration. This confession of faith from South Africa could become a new addition to the PCUSA Book of Confessions if approved by enough presbyteries this year (Boston Presbytery will vote on May 23). It is a strong statement of both God’s sovereignty and the struggle toward racial justice.

    This is also a good occasion for understanding the significance of our confessions, and how a particular one become part of our constitution.

    The presbytery will also be offering two chances to hear presentations and discuss Belhar  on Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9. See Rod for more info.

    “Final Affairs” Fair
    Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
    St. Mark’s Church, Burlington

    Our church is part of sponsoring this community event. It is to help us all think about end-of-life issues and planning, medical care, advance directives, wills and estates, funeral planning, and more… things important to us all!

    Healthy Women Healthy Families
    Mother’s Day Project

    Mother’s Day cards will be available to support this program. The program began as a malaria prevention project in Africa. It has now been expanded to include health screenings and immunizations for children, prenatal and obstetrical care, children’s nutrition programs, fistula surgery, primary care for children, cervical cancer screening and family health education.

    Help Wanted
    By People Helping People

    On Saturday, May 14th the Post Office will hold their annual Food Drive. The food is collected throughout the day by the Mail Carriers and then delivered to St. Margaret’s CCD Building where it is sorted. The following week it will be delivered to the Food Pantry.

    This is a huge project and a lot of help is needed to receive in the food & sort it on Saturday afternoon, May 14th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday May 21 from 8:45 a.m. – noon (or so). Folks who can lift 40-50 lbs. are also needed. Couple-hour shifts available! This is a great way to help your community. If you are interested contact Linda Roscoe, or see the sign up on the bulletin board.

    Join us for M.A.T.E.!
    July 17 – July 22

    Plans are underway for our housing work week in central Maine. Would you like to be part of this year’s volunteer team to rehab homes of rural elderly and families in need? Our week will be July 17 – July 22. Experience welcome but not necessary. We stay in a dorm at the University of Maine in Farmington. Coming for part of the week is possible. We have wonderful fellowship with folks who go from other churches, and those at whose homes we work.

    Youth and adults welcome!

    Financial contributions are also needed – and stay tuned for requests for our church to provide some food/kitchen items.

    See Rod if interested, or for more details.